Cloud
Workday doesn’t just deliver SaaS you know
  Famed for their evangelical implementation of the SaaS delivery model, Workday is the manifestation of ‘true cloud’ software; however it is their lesser-publicised delivery model I want to discuss– embedded iPaaS. PaaS Categories PaaS provides infrastructure software, such as integration mechanisms, storage areas and runtime environments, upon which applications are built and deployed, examples…
Cloud is a Catalyst for Disruption
Organisations are seeking serious innovation during these economically challenging times. But innovation comes at a cost that can be summed up in one word: disruption. The disordering of existing business models and functions takes time and effort, and has a corresponding cost. No reason not to welcome it! People are rethinking how they do their…
Cloud – Know your workload!
When designing architecture on a cloud platform it’s vital to understand the workload. Having a good understanding of the resources you require will mean greater efficiency and less waste.  Just because the cloud is ubiquitous and easy to use doesn’t mean it’s free – so wasted cloud resources cost money! To avoid wasted resource and its associated…
Do you really trust the Cloud?
  One of the main reasons why many IS experts steer clear of cloud computing is a lack of trust in its ability to deliver what the business needs. We IT professionals are accustomed to being in complete control of our own services, and often look at our creations through rose-tinted glasses (ignoring the sticky…
Proving Puddings – a real life example of cloud power
We’ve all heard a lot about the power of the cloud and how it brings benefits of flexibility, speed and reduced cost to the organisation. Well, you never know until you’ve done it yourself. Now I do and can verify that the cloud really does make a huge difference! Here’s my story …
The Private Cloud Paradox
  Increasingly, I view public clouds like any public amenity. Take, for example, the new complex built by my local council to provide leisure facilities to the general public. The council is responsible for the operation, up-keep and maintenance of the complex, and ultimately underwrites the risk attributed to operating these services. I don’t hold…
Deploying to Cloud
The main reason for the existence of cloud computing is to provide an elastic platform scaling both up and down to meet services demand. To provide such a capability demands some pretty impressive infrastructure and orchestration services! Cloud infrastructure and platform vendors place the onus on the customer to construct their application in a fault…
Public or Private clouds for SMEs?
Private clouds are often touted as the answer for the perceived shortcomings of public clouds. Private clouds are cloud environments deployed solely within an organisation, and to be the real thing they need to have rapid elasticity, on-demand self-service, measured service, broad network access and resource pooling.  If any of these characteristics are absent, the solution is not a cloud solution!
Traditional IT roles are dead. Long live traditional IT roles.
The 1960s was a revolutionary period in home entertainment. Television sets proliferated in households and the transistor radio (a relatively new technology) was deemed redundant. The television superseded the radio as the focal point for family entertainment and the longevity – or even the need – of the trusty transistor was questioned. Consumers would cease to…